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enough for snow. we do have on radar light snow falling in frederick county and washington county, up along the pennsylvania border, along carroll county. that will be twisting into howard and loudoun counties in the 234ek9 half hour. could be a brief dusting here. a few slick spots may quickly pop up and maybe just a dusting. temperatures are in the 20s. windchills in the teens to near 20 degrees with winds gusting near 20 to 25 miles an hour. >>> the snow coming from the north is a weak disturbance in the atmosphere, enough to kick up snowshowers from mid to late morning, otherwise maybe a few flurries. blustery winds, in the clear and upper 30s. sun tomorrow morning and clouding up. a little more potent storm coming in on thursday night into from the morning. could get a couple inches of that, cold into the weekend. how is the traffic? >> we're doing okay so far this morning. 95, 395, 66, the toll road, all very quiet as we g get underway with no early major issues reported into us. we have a problem in prince william county, prince william parkway between moore drive and liberia r
flooding over the next several hours. weave had only about a quarter ch here in washington. just to our west we've had about 1/2 inch. shenandoah valley has had from an inch to over three inches. around two inches just to the east of the blue ridge. just had a gust at dulles airport at 44 miles an hour, those winds bringing down a few tree limbs causing power outages this morning. the temperature now 60 degrees in washington on january 25th. it's not going to last long. we'll be near 40 by midnight. the 30s tomorrow morning. this rain should taper off and end around midday today with the winds remaining rather gusty into the afternoon. a bit blus sterry again tomorrow. partly cloudy on it is with highs in the mid to upper 40s. a bit colder on wednesday and thursday. morning lows in the upper 20s with afternoon highs in the low to mid 40s. looks like a chance of snow on friday. we'll take a look at that. that will be coming up in just a few minutes. right now watch out for the ponding of water especially around construction areas. many small creeks and streams are running high. they may
washington correspondent, norah o'donnell in boston for us. norah, thanks. so what now? is the president's health care bill dead or just barely breathing? senior aides tell us this morning their best hope is the house passing the senate bill as is. nbc's mike viqueira is live in washington this morning. but, mike, that will not be easy. will the house go for that? >> reporter: savannah, i think they're going to have to fight the impulse here at the white house and democratic leadership on the hill. to fight this impulse into retrenchment into partisan dogma. this is, after all, an election year. and with many in the house of representatives, and remember the democratic caucus in the house is dominated by the liberal wing of that caucus. with many of them feeling that the problem here is we have d a disaffected our base, they are disenchanted. the impulse is going to be to go back to the left. they passed health care reform out of the house of representatives by two votes, by just two votes with the help of one republican from louisiana and one member from florida, democratic member robe
the uninvited guest, but a washington area party pro momenter, carlos allen is arriving at the event and allen slipped into the gala by pretending to be part of the official indian delegation. although allen initially denied attending the dinner, his attorney says he was there, but received an invitation. okay. >>> an airport outside los angeles is back up no speed this morning after security scare yesterday shut down the terminal for hours. several containers filled with an amber liquid turned out to be honey. jars of honey. just as the owner had tried to tell them. and officials at nuke liberty airport says a camera system was not fully working when a man passed through a checkpoint. the tsa had to request assistance from continental airlines to confirm the man left the airport. >> the tsa is on a cell phone, and instead of looking at the vitdos, they were actually watching boise state. >> that was a good game, though. >> that was a good game. i'm seeing texas christian looks like they are going to win. >> tough call. >>> a new study raising more doubts about the effectiveness of anti-depres
are live in washington, d.c. with a preview of what the president will say tonight. good evening, kai. >> reporter: good afternoon, mary. if this speech is about anything here tonight in washington, d.c., it is about the future of the nation. right now, the president is taking a great deal of heat and criticism for the economy, as well as jobs and other issues like healthcare and others to a lesser degree. tonight, we have a preview of that speech and what the president is expected to say. >> president obama will stand before a divided congress and an unhappy nation tonight to deliver his state of the union address. he is going to of to try to convince them that he's fixing the economy. and he'll announce new tax cuts and credits for businesses. >> let's create an environment to get people who are looking for work in this country back to work. >> reporter: the president will announce a salary freeze. and they will announce cutbacks in spending. it's a move aimed at slashing billions from the deficit. but republicans say it's not enough. >> it's 17% of the budget. and it's not the real
and wind. and in a snowy washington, d.c., president obama met with former president george h.w. bush. apparently it was just for a social meeting. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> let's talk again about toyota, one of the biggest automakers in this country. as more recalls are recalled with potentially sticky accelerators, we heard from the japanese automaker president issue an apology saying our vehicles are indeed safe. what do you do if you own a toyota, and how do you get some assurance now that safety is still first for toyota? we've got with us from detroit executive director of "auto week" magazine and autoweek.com. i want to reiterate what the associated press is reporting, that the u.s. government approved a part by toyota to keep the gas pedal from sticking. don't know if that part is from japan or in the u.s. apparently it will be made available across this country come thursday. how does this strike you? >> it strikes me as odd because i don't know they figured out what the problem is exactly. is this going to fix -- is this the shim? is this because of the conde
lawmakers to task for changing the tone in washington. >> the way these issues are being presented, by the republicans, is that this is some wild-eyed plot to impose huge government in every aspect of our lives. what happens is, you guys then don't have a lot of room to negotiate with me. >> reporter: the gop response to the president's visit, cautious optimism. >> it's unprecedented in my 26 years. it's a little bit like a first date. both are anticipative. they're expectant. they both have friends that didn't want them to do it. >> reporter: house republicans say their party has been mislabeled as the party of no. and they urge the president to consider their plans for deeper tax cuts and health care reform. the president promised to review those plans. >> all right, rachel. >>> for all the people that crashed c-spans serverers. >>> ron is here withhe rest of the news on afghanistan. >> good morning, everyone. four afghan soldiers have been killed in a clash between an afghan army unit and a joint afghan force, that both mistook the other for the enemy. they were conducting separ
from the nation's capital this is "washington journal." host: alive the picture from the floor of the washington ought to show at the convention center. lots of new car models to look at. the focus on alternative fuels, and plenty of executives and officials. we will learn all about the decisions washington makes and their impact on the auto industry. in the meantime president obama is set to propose a freeze on a portion of federal spending today. it could dramatically curtail his legislative ambitions. we want to get your thoughts. he will talk about it on the state of the union address tomorrow. here is the headline on the story. obama to propose a freeze on spending. the subhead it goes this way -- deficit reduction campaign. the white house says the three- year plan could save much money over time. if you look at the lead to the wall street journal did put it this way, there subhead says the white house plan applies to only 17% of spending and will have a small impact on the deficit. here is their leader -- president obama proposes to have a three-year in federal spending
from the "washington post," and kaiser and harvard that in fact say voters did not believe they were sending a message on health care specifically. but look what they did, not what they say. i agree with you, this is clearly, voters understood that they were throwing an enormous monkey wrench in the prospects of health care reform. what the president is doing is -- and which they're already moving in this direction before massachusetts, it was very clear talking to david axelrod about ten days ago, they were focusing more on this election of a contrast, not a referendum. what they've got now is a situation in which there is an enormous well of populist discontent about the direction of the country. republicans have ha great success of channeling it to washington in general, toward the democrats in particular. it's clear the white house wants to shift that focus back toward the financial institutions and other -- >> but are people angry at wall street, big money or big government? >> they're angry at both. and they're angry at government largely because of the belief that all of the a
wind gusts have been under 30 miles per hour. the temperature is 61 in washington, just rebounded, a downsloping warming effect. look out on the mountains, only in the 40s now. throughout the rest of the afternoon, a small chance of an additional passing shower and temperatures will drop out of the 50s and down into the 40s by sunset. a look at the rest of the week and into the weekend in just a few moments. kimberly and barbara? >> it sounds like our brush with spring has ended. zb >> all right, tom. talk to you a little bit later. >>> meanwhile, the storms may have moved out of our area, but the damage they caused is still very much a concern right now. thousands of area residents have no power and other parts of the region are drying out from some major flooding. news 4's tracee wilkins has the latest now fro landover. >> reporter: we had a number of dangerous and sticky situations throughout our area this morning as power crews were dealing with trees that had fallen on power lines. high winds and a lot of rain caused major problems this morning. the trees started falling earl
blaming the d.n.c. and the key democrats in washington for being late to the game and taking her race for granted. six week ago, she was up by 30 points. >> axelrod responded and said look, we did everything we were asked to do but her campaign sent out that particular memo and it showed that apparently they had been supplying the democrats with polling data from massachusetts since early december and it asked for money and stuff like that. it simply didn't come. also, somebody else they're blaming -- the underwear bomber because they are saying that -- some senior officials at the white house, aides, have said, you know, we were concentrating on fighting terrorism, all of us, at the time scott brown launched his first tv ads and that's, perhaps, why we were caught a little flatfooted. the underwear bomber. >> a lot of the blame will go a lot of ways today. maybe some people should look in the mirror. anyway, scott brown's victory changing the momentum on capitol hill. the win gives senate republicans one extra member on their side. caroline schively joins us from washington with that
on massachusetts. >> what does driving a truck have to do with what is going on in washington? i think coakley made a mistake by allowing it >> i think martha coakley made a mistake. -- >> a signal loud and clear if the people of massachusetts do it, boy it will be heard all around the country. [ cheering ] >> when the president criticized me yesterday, he can criticize me as much as he wants when he talks about my truck that's where i draw the line. >> the president has come because he knows i'm going to win tomorrow and he's trying to get that message out. >> i've heard some horrible stories of individuals intimidating martha coakley, lying down in front of her car, threatening her, threatening her on the internet burning campaign posters and so forth. we don't have a place for that in massachusetts. that is disgrace full and i hope that tomorrow people will go to the polls and reject that kind of campaigning. >> greta: massachusetts governor swift joins us live in boston. it is so close that the big guns cape out for coakley. former president clinton and president obama. if you were the candidat
for regulation. on the regional level at the sec. it is only in washington that we have had this problem. and it is not always been the case prior to about ten years ago, the sec was in our estimation the crown jewel of the federal agencies. they knew what they were doing. they knew what they were supposed to do. he knew how to work with all the other players to get the biggest bang for the buck. so it has been very disheartening for all of us from a state security and others to see this occurring. >> okay. mr. holt began. >> thank you and thank you for the witnesses for being with us today. and he began with a standard admiration that we thank you very much for your answers to the questions we get to ask now. it would ask your cooperation as well and answer questions that we would submit and writing after this hearing and look forward to working with you. as a couple of questions that will reveal i know nothing about the kinds of things that you do. i guess the first one goes to you, attorney general madigan which is seems very come in sense to me someone would pay for a mortgage that's
recently, of incidents like this in the mount washington neighborhood. reporting live in mount washington, mike hellgren. wjz eyewitness news. >>> and if you think you have any information on the suspects, you're asked to call police. >>> we have breaking news to tell you about right now. a person has been struck outside the post office downtown. captain mike perry with more. mike? >> reporter: yeah, i'm sorry, vic. i could not hear you. we are in front of the post office. north high street at east fayette. this is in front of a parking garage, with a report of a man stuck. under the parking garage. the man has not moved -- or has moved very little since paramedics arrived on the scene. he is going to be transported to a local area hospital. baltimore police have been called. it is not affecting traffic along fayette street because it is actually in front of the parking garage next to the post office. back to you on tv hill. >> thank you very much, captain mike perry. >>> there is justice tonight for two rape victims in baltimore. their attacker will spend decades in prison. >> reporter:
today, wednesday, january 6th, 2010. >> well, the washington redskins now have a new head coach. mike shanahan will lead the burgundy and gold after agreeing to a five-year contract that makes him the highest-paid coach in the nfl. >> the team will make it official at a news conference this afternoon at redskins park. that's where our own dan hellie is live with the latest. >> reporter: hey, joe, hey, eun. you know dan snyder likes big names and he certainly has a big name here. mike shanahan spent 14 years as the head coach for the denver broncos, won two super bowls. the only knock on him is that he won those super bowls with john elway. in the post john elway era, he only won one playoff game. but this is a man who knows football and he will be the ultimate decision maker in this organization. that's important because they have not had somebody other than dan snyder making the decisions in the past. mike shanahan agreed t contract terms last night. he celebrated with the owner, dan snyder, at the palm restaurant in tyson's corner. everybody very elated that this is finally a done d
will discuss how and why the fed was created. "washington journal" is next. ♪ host: two democratic senators are opting not to run for 2010. christopher dodd of connecticut, and the senator from north dakota. bill ritter from colorado also will not run. good morning, everyone on this wednesday, january 6. we begin with the healthcare debate and caecilians request to have access to the negotiations. c-span ceo brian lamb wrote a letter on december 30 to the house leader saying that now it moves to the critical stage we respectfully request that you allow the public full access through television. this has sparked some headlines this morning in newspapers. i want to show you the headlines from roll-call this morning. that is in newspapers this morning as well. we heard a response yesterday from house speaker nancy pelosi's and senate majority leader harry reid also putting out a statement. politico this morning, the live pulse section, has this to say about the request for tv access. "and c-span standing as a trusted non-partisan player gives republicans more ammo to hit democrats with." we wa
it. host: thank you for your call. in the op ed section of " washington times -- of "the washington times" this morning "democrats keeping health care secrets away from the public. it might be a new year, but congressional democrats are planning the same old sorts of sleazy tactics in their bid to take over america's health-care system. congressional republicans, especially in the senate, should lot let them get away with it. transparency and ethics should be republican rallying cries, and obstruction on those grounds should be a point of pride. by now it's almost right to complain that president obama repeatedly has broken his campaign pledge to broadcast negotiations on c-span so that american people and see what the choices are. that does not make that point invalid. for legislation that could so profoundly and personally affected the lives of every american, congress and the white house should be more transparent and accessible than ever before. instead, the process has been secretive and sorted throughout ." salisbury, maryland. that morning. -- good morning. your thoughts on t
in "the washington post." he plans to propose new limits on the size and investments of large banks, according to a senior administration official of the white house, to refrain the financial reform agenda as an effort to rein in the companies largely to blame in the crisis. we will now take you to the floor of the house of representatives. three indian water rights measures on their docket today. live coverage begins momentarily. guest[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father coughlin. chaplain coughlin: almighty god , true humility will not automatically come to us when we choose to bow our heads in prayer or when we acknowled
was first elected to congress, our family moved to washington and we joined adas israel congregation in washington, d.c. it is the largest conservative synagogue in our nation's capital and one of the oldest. it also has the reputation for outreach to young families in washington, d.c.. we have been members for more than 30 years. rabbi steinlauf cave to adas israel in 2008 to serve as the senior rabbi. he made his mark as a charismatic, dynamic spiritual leader. it's a great pleasure to get to know him and his family. originally from jericho, new york, rabbi steinlauf was ordained in 1998 at the jewish theological seminary in new york. he graduated from princeton in 1991 with honors and also studied in jerusalem and the university of judaism now known as the american jewish university which is located in my district in los angeles. rabbi steinlauf is joined by his wife and his children, his parents, some of his extended family and a proud delegation of adas israel. thank you, rabbi steinlauf, for your inspirational words. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 additional one
who of course is the founder of c-span. who in 30 years in washington has never been known to take a political stand on anything. he's very neutral. yet, he said -- he wrote a letter he said i think the obama has played us as a political football, c-span to talk about how open and transparent they were. once they elected they pull the plug. >> is that going to bring any more transparency to the process? >> no. this was an impossible promise. obama i believe knew it was when he was saying it. if you had the negotiations broadcast on c-span they would be -- there would be private prenegotiations where the real wheeling and dealing went on. this stuff always happens in secret and has to. >> the only person who would be watching any negotiations on c-span is jim pinkerton. >>> time for a look at the tea party story now. >> learn to speak tea bag. finally, learning a new language doesn't have to be hard. you can be fluent in conversational tea bag in a few short minutes. lesson one, don't get distracted by the confusing words of other languages. >> i think the public option and the prop
in the polls over the last week. gregg: shannon bream is in washington, d.c. and shannon, this was supposed to be sort of a gimme for coakley, if i can put it that way. why has this become the political story? >> reporter: you might have it, gregg, from the moment that democrat martha coakley, the democratic in this race, won the primary, that she was christened to take the portion of what ted kennedy's seat so there's a lot of criticism maybe it was too much of a given or assumed to be a given and she didn't run the right kind of campaign. others say this is about bigger issues, national issues, like health care, that's gotten into the race and that's going to boost the republican scott brown. despite what the theories may, even this morning, coakley supporter, massachusets governor tim murray admits this is a tough race. this is what he had to say. >> there's no question about it, this is a horse race but at the end of the day, we're confident as voters go to the polls and do the analysis of who's got a track record of protecting taxpayers' interest, it's martha coakley. >> reporter: and
have some dense fog as well. particularly to the south and east of washington where there is a dense fog advisory south of fredericksberg and east towards salisbury and ocean city. here is a look at your temperatures. and parts of the area still below or at freezing, 32 in dallas and 32 in frederick and 31 in washington. we're not concerned with icing in downtown washington but off to the north and west, a lot of communities below the freezing mark. here is a look at your satellite radar. we got rid of the shower activity and we had some snow shower activity along with a winter weather advisory last night and that's pushed off nd it should be a decent day with a mix of sun and clouds expected. as a cold front moves through winds will pick up this afternoon and things will get gusty. winds gusting up to 15-20, 25 miles per hour and that will bring in chillier air for the weekend. i'll have more coming up. but today relatively mild. plenty of clouds becoming breezy with a high temperature of 41 degrees. i'll be back to look at the weekend coming up. tony, back to you. >> tucker, thank
, 2010, the first weekend of the new year. hope you're having a great one. >>> washington police are investigating an incident between two nba players who reportedly drew guns on one another in a locker room standoff. joe carter is here with this bizarre story. >> good morning, susan. >>> the new york post is reporting that two washington wizard players, gil ert arenas and javaris crittendon both drew guns on each other. according to the new york post, it was over a gambling dispute. they told cnn washington police are investigating. >> a lot of rumors going on. sorting rumors from fact is going to take some time. there is an investigation under way, and i can't xwhent on it. >> the wizards released a statement saying the team takes this very seriously. neither gilbert arenas or jar vars crittendon could be reached for comment. >>> the president says it appears the suspected bomber umar farouk abdulmutallab joined the group while in yemen and got training from al qaeda while there. the group gave abdulmutallab the explosives and his marching orders. in his weekly radio address, t
cool air to transition the cold rain which will start here tonight in washington over to this wintry mix which will include the possibility of a little freezing rain around here, maybe some sleet, and you get the idea. maybe even snow in downtown washington before all is said and done. either way, it should all be out of here i think by tomorrow afternoon. and by tomorrow evening we'll be left with cold conditions to start the weekend. so this won't be an all-day -- it won't last for too long of a period of time and i don't think we'll see significant snow accumulation here in washington. off to the north and west where i showed you the winter orm watch, you could see snow totals maybe 2-4 inches of snow. here in washington no advisories at this hour and i would expect accumulations to be held down because we'll see sleet and freezing rain. so maybe a slushy inch of snow across the immediate washington area. increasing clouds and high temperature only 40 degrees. winds out of the east at 5-10. the problems keep going tonight. i mentioned the winter storm watch off to the west. overni
. already into the upper 50s here at washington. all the way as far west as even dulles. we are going to drop the temperatures back down to average temperatures for this time of the year in wintertime in washington, mid-40's for highs. chilly weather is moving back in. in the overnight we know about the flash flood watch that's in effect that continues through tomorrow morning. heavy rains possible, even a thunderstorm here and there. i still think is possible from mainly washington off to the south. if you're off north, probably just going to see rain showers and heavier periods of rain. the rain's going to end as soon as we get towards midmorning, midday. by the afternoon you might see a little bit of sunshine. it's really going to be all about the clouds hanging on and then the cold front bringing in the colder air later on. these are the current flash flood warnings going on. western parts of virginia into west virginia. a number of these flash flood warnings extending into north carolina and parts of the southeastern united states because of this big system. this was the same sto
state programs and one in washington d.c. you heard and you know that there is one here in colorado with with a very active and capable group of people, and i hope that all of you who are connected to congregations will talk to your religious leaders, or if you're in the position to sign up and become a member of colorado interfaith power and light, i think that you will find it very beneficial, very informative with resources for how you can green your congregations. and those of us working on this campaign realize that religion has an important role to play in finding solutions to this life-threatening problem. and additionally, the religious voice often brings moral authority. and it leads the way on social changes. and we have to lead now. our faith communities must lead now. when i started this ministry in 1997, there were only a few people who had made the connection between our faith in god and how we treat creation can. addressing global warming was received unenthusiastically at best. i was called a communist, i buzz in favor of -- was in favor of world government, and what
attention, and i think that there is a growing movement in washington to pay more attention to this shadow class of government -- governing czars gereed >> host: why did you leave washington? [laughter] >> guest: because i could. i left about a year and a half ago, and i think it is -- it's a rare opportunity when you can make a choice to sort out jump off the treadmill. i've been in the beltway circuit for near in ten years and as i mentioned i have two young kids coming and i think it is an unhealthy environment in many ways to raise kids and particularly for me there are so many people who cannot separate their politics from their personal lives. to me life is much bigger than what's going on in job pages of "the washington post" or in the blogosphere and it's not an all consuming thing for me all the time. although you see me on line. i talked about it. i am engaged in the world of ideas and marketplace of ideas and battlefield. but when i am out with my kids i have and i have to grit my chief worrying about somebody coming up to me and yelling at me -- >> host: has that happened? >> g
at the white house several times. elsewhere in washington this afternoon, a discussion on u.s. policy toward afghanistan, ambassador richard holbrooke will be speaking about the administration's policy. he had to afghanistan and pakistan next week. we will have live coverage of his comments in just over an hour at 2:30 p.m. eastern on c- span2. and then tom vilsack here at the state department here in washington. a set -- a special briefing about the agriculture system in afghanistan. >> american icons, three original documentaries from c- span now available on dvt. a unique journey through the iconic homes of the three branches of american government. see the exquisite detail of the supreme court. go beyond the velvet ropes of public tours of the white house, america's most famous home. and explore the history, art, and architecture of the capital. american icons, a three disk dvd set. it is $24.95 plus shipping and handling. it is available at c-span.org /stohr. >> several political retirement an announcement over the last couple of days. representative chris murphy of connecticut sounds a
with the latest from washington. >> hi, shannon, the connection to the al-qaeda presence in yemen. president obama says the u.s. is at war against a far reaching network of violence and hatred and will do whatever it takes to defeat them. the president vacationing in hawaii an initial plot to bomb the amsterdam to u.s. flight christmas day has more details about the suspect. >> we know that he traveled to yemen, a country grappling with poverty and to join afail yacht of al-qaeda, trained him, equipped him with explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for america. >> the president said he expects his counterterrorism and homeland security advisors to present final results of their inquiry as well as recommendations about how to proceed in the days to come. in the republican weekly radio and internet response today, the top g.o.p. senator, mitch mcconnell says the new year brings renewed hope and optimism. with two on going wars, recession and unemployment 10%, obama says it's difficult days for our nation, but went on to say these challenges do not define us as a people and difficul
elections. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> meanwhile, impeached illinois governor rod blagojevich has told "esquire" magazine, he is, quote, blacker than barack obama. telling the magazine he was a real person in a political arena dominated by phonies, the 53-year-old, who is awaiting trial on corruption charges, cited shining shoes and growing up in a five-room apartment as a few of his african-american credentials. >>> well, ju after a week after a security scare shut down an airport, new york airport was again the scene of a tense situation, this time when the landing gear failed on a united airlines passenger jet. now, officials say no one was injured in the emergency landing, which happened just before 9:30 yesterday morning. the plane was approaching new jersey from chicago when the pilot warned of a, quote, little problem. passengers braced for impact of the plane, touched down on just two wheels. amid hugs and tears, all 53 people left the ple unhurt. >>> and according to this morning's "new york times," the u.s. military is struggling to keep up with the flood of video intell
saying he won't run in the fall either. dana bash joins us from washington. what led to senator dodd's decision not to seek re-election? >> reporter: a very, very tough re-election battle ahead, that's really the bottom line on this, john. as you know, senator chris dodd has made the united states senate his life. he's been in the senate for three decades, but he has had a series of very, very tough political battles. in connecticut, starting with the fact that he moved to iowa to run for president with his wife and his two small children, that's when connecticut voters started to turn on him, then the fact that he is the senate banking chairman and obviously wall street went south. there's been a lot of attention paid to the fact that he has close ties with the banking community. so all of those things, combined with the fact that it is just not a good potential year for democrats, made senator dodd decide finally to retire and not run again. >> so what does this mean for democrats in terms of their chances in the 2010 election? do they have a good solid candidate who could replace
is in washington with the details. >> reporter: president obama is looking to expose the failures leading up to that botched attack. in the meantime, a familiar name has surfaced in the investigation. authorities believe american-born cleric anwar al alahi played a role months before the attack. he reportedly communicated with the suspect. abd abd abdulmutallab. he apparently counseled three of the hijackers and communicated with hassan. but the imam denies any link to al qaeda claiming he's only a spiritual mentor. >> there's always this association between islam and terrorism. when that is not true at all. i mean, islam is a religion of peace. >> reporter: president obama has already received his first report about the christmas day incident. next week he'll meet personally with officials to talk more about what went wrong. preliminary findings blame communication breakdowns among various agencies. intelligence officials knew al qaeda was preparing a nigerian in yemen for an attack, but the clues were never put together in time. officials say those responsible for the mishap will be held a
there is a growing movement in washington to pay more attention to this shadow class governing czars. >> why did you leave washington? >> because i could. i left a year and a half ago. it is a rare opportunity when you can make a choice to jump off of the treadmill. i have been in the beltway circuit for nearing ten years. i have two and young kids. it is an unhealthy environment in many ways to raise kids particularly for me. there are so many people who cannot separate their politics from their personal life. to me life is much bigger than what is going on on the buzz pages of the washington post. it is not an all consuming thing for me all the time. you see me on line and i talk about it and i am engaged in the world of ideas and the battlefield, but when i am out with my kids and have to grit my teeth worrying if somebody will come up to me and yell at me for what i have written, there have been parallel situations. when my family is punished for my political views it is too much. i came to the point when i made the decision to live anywhere in the country i wanted to and thank god for the inter
and elements it is not so great anymore. in "the washington times" -- a profound loss of retirement and death of senator kennedy on expertise. with all this discussion we would ask your view of the u.s. senate. i want to show you a little more of those two articles to set the stage. if you are one of the armchair historians in the audience who knows about senate history and would like to add your thoughts about the senate of currenearlis we welcome that. as well as your thoughts as current watchers. here is the op-ed piece in today's "the new york times." he's working on a book. he looks at that time. as the heyday of the senate. in the 1960's and 1970's the great senate occupied a unique place in our country. he writes the little changed in 1980 where the election was more than just a change of party control. gone was the senate that had been experienced, progressive, and bipartisan. the decline has only accelerated. we would like to hear your view. first we would like to get an update on what is happening on the ground in yemen. the foreign correspondent here raghavan is with us by phone th
northwest washington. >> reporter: it was a bitter cold day but some refused to stay inside. >> it's a beautiful day. sun is out. and i come from michigan so to me this isn't really that cold. >> reporter: these flag football teams were going to play no matter what. but they admit they would trade the cold and wind for sun and heat any day. >> we preper to play in the hot weather. but, you know, on a day like today you have to run the ball and tough it out. >> reporter: even tourists were stunned by the blast of frigid weather. some ventured out on segways. >> my wife made the reservation. we didn't know it would be as cold as it was, especially windy. once we got here and got to ride them it was a lot of fun. you get to see a lot of things here in washington quickly. >> reporter: whe it gets this cold it can be dangerous. the arlington street people network is staying open 24 hours a day this weekend. >> then you can offer them additional services to help them move, hopefully from living on the streets to housing which is really our intent. >> reporter: the shelter is providing ho
. >>> fear factor. let's play "hardball." ♪ good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight, running for cover, the democrats woke up this morning to a one-two punch of bad news. first, arkansas democrat marion barry decided not to run for re-election to his house seat. then vice president joe biden's son announced he would not be running for his dad's old senate seat in dell, making it for another likely republican pickup. whether or not either of these decisions was prompted by last week's massachusetts election for the senate, the landscape is looking treacherous for democrats on both sides of capitol hill. one democrat who's getting restless is u.s. congressman bill pasclel of northern new jersey. when he says the public will get behind health care as soon as they understand it, he says that is not only arrogant, in his words, he says it's bs. he joins us later. that should be interesting. how does the white house hit the reset button to avert disaster this november politically? does obama go left, center or offer little crowd-pleasing nibbles like school uniform
. you have to agree. the "wall street journal". you read from occasionally and the washington times, i know but today there's no "wall street journal". host: and no washington times. caller: please don't interrupt me. host: patty, hold on. we read from other newspapers. caller: the other thing i want to say is, when your hosts are reading from the papers they transpose and insert their own words in lieu of others. for instance you were reading from a paper and inserting the work government and sometimes they actually screw up the whole meaning of the article. also, i wish you guys would have like national review, just to make it a little more fair of some conservative liberal print. the other thing, yesterday there were so many democrats calling on the republican line you could go through half an hour of call in psalms and never once listen to a republican. i don't know how you do that, but it's really getting ridiculous. it's incredible. host: did you want to respond to yemen and new front of terrorism. caller: i do think you could work on when they read from the newspaper they
from congresswoman nita lowy of new york, nbc news terrorism analyst roger cressey and "the washington post" karen deyoung. plus, what is the political fallout from all of this? pat buchanan and steve mcmahon, joining us live. i'm andrea mitchell, live in washington. we begin this hour talking about the big report, with political director and chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. we expect to hear very shortly from the president. what do you expect that we will be hearing? >> reporter: i tell you, from the president you're going to hear some references to the report itself. but the report truly is an after-action report on this christmas day thwarted terrorist attack on that airplane. and it's going to be everything that they can declassify, everything that they can make public. there are a few things they have to keep classified simply because they don't want to let folks know how they're getting certain pieces of intelligence. but they're going to go through, as the administration says, warts and all, of this after action report. the president himself will be attack willing ab
's agenda after one year in os. let's join julie in washington. >> the white house press secretary robert gibbs predicts he will have 60 votes to be confirmed to a second four-year term. ben bernanke has been praised for preventing the recession from turning into a depression, he is also seen as not seeing the housing bubble coming. gibbs defend had bernanke but a key senator who did vote for the bailout says it's time for a change. >> we believe he will be confirmed. i hope that he'll ask senator cornyn and others in later segments to come out and support some of that stability and financial system by reensuring the fed chairman. >> i think we need a fresh start. i think it would be the best thing for the administration and the countries. >> reporter: also today in the wake of the upset in the massachusetts senate race, president's top advisors used the shows to preview the union address. word from the white house expect a populist message to focus on jobs and putting people back to work. he will defend his first year in office. from his perspective, remind american voters about the econ
to the president's call to end the fighting in washington, d.c. they got together today, cameras rolling, questions flying. you can decide for yourself if they're walking the walk. >>> later, he barely blinked when the jury convicted him of first-degree murder. scott roeder had plenty to say about why he walked up to an abortion provider in church, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. you'll hear it and we'll talk to the doctor picking up the victim eets practice. >>> what is shaping up to be one of the few bits of joy to come out of haiti these days. flight leaving port-au-prince with more than 120 orphans on board including we believe a little boy whose name is jonsley. he's being reunited with his cousins. he's beginning a new life. when we read the report you're about to see, his future wasn't so certain. we met him at an orphanage we visited many times in haiti. there are many more like it and many more girls and boys just like jonsley. take a look. these babies are still living in the back of a truck in the heat with the flies. with an uncertain food supply and a less certain future.
following them in washington. hi. >> hi. both the u.s. and british closed their embassies in yemen because of the al-qaeda threat. white house counterterror advisor john brennan says he is not going to take chances with the lives of diplomats and he says the yemeni government is providing support. brennan is heading the white house review of the attack on the detroit-bound plane. he told "fox news sunday" u.s. intelligence failed to connect the dots. he says there was no smoking gun, no definitive intelligence that was ignored and no sign that agencies refuse to cooperate with each other. >> in the review so far, there is no indication whatsoever that any agency or department was not trying to share information. there were some lapses, there were some human errors, there were some failures of the system to allow that to happen at the speed of light. >> many republicans are criticizing the obama administration for choosing to handle this case in criminal court rather than some type of military commission. >> he should be treated as a prisoner of war. he should be held in a military brig. an
. as we look at the temperatures now, just getting to near the freezing mark. 33 in washington at reagan national airport. elsewhere, it's right around 30 degrees. and we have the sunshine that has increased after the morning cloudiness and a few passing flurries. right now windchills are in the upper teens to around 20 degrees. so the winds are not as blustery. these are the current wind gusts. we've seen gusts to around 20 to 25 miles an hour and that's going to be the story for the rest of the afternoon. it's cold out in the mountains, again, there, still subfreezing and down into the teens. they started off this morning just near 10 degrees. now it's in the upper teens there and near 30 on the eastern shore. over the last six hours, we've seen the cloud cover breaking up and we'll have quite a bit of sunshine throughout the rest of the afternoon, but a few clouds racing through may produce a few passing flurries. highs just reaching the mid-30s and the northwest winds gusting around 10 to 25 miles an hour. could get a few more flurries overnight tonight. we'll talk about that and loo
, all as part of an airport security test. nbc's tom costello is live for us in washington. and in light of what's been happening since christmas day, this is all the more unbelievable. what can you tell us, tom? >> this is concerning. what happened is, the slovak authorities in central slovakia wanted to test their own security, so what they did was they put plastic explosives, nine separate pieces of it, into passengers' bags. the passengers didn't know it. their dogs picked up eight of those packages. however, one package of plastic explosives, about three ounces worth, traveled all the way to dublin. and then this man, by the way, who never was told that they were putting plastic explosives in his luggage, he picked up the luggage and took it home. it wasn't until three days later that the slovaks notified the irish about this. the irish didn't immediately know that the man had been unsuspecting and had literally just picked this up. they sent the equivalent of a s.w.a.t. team to that location you saw on television there, an apartment building, they kcord n cordoned off the whole are
in washington. speaker nancy pelosi says the current senate bill doesn't have a chance of making it through the house. but the white house still says that's their best plan "b." kelly o'donnell joins us this morning with the latest. was speaker pelosi being definitive with that statement or was she posturing and negotiating? >> reporter: well, chuck, we always focus on that "we don't have the votes now" part of her comment, but she also said "right now" and still believing it could be done. the weather here is kind of lousy this morning and it makes me think the speaker is in sort of a rain delay. she wanted to finish the game, storm came, she didn't expect, don't know when conditions will be right to get back on the field. that's the kind of feeling we're getting from democrats. she's not closing the door, but she did take off the table for now this idea of passing the senate version as it is. now, senate democrats who have been in charge of all this, they met last night, and when they emerged, they also said, we believe some kind of health care reform will be passed. but cryptically, we d
't come close enough for "the washington post's" kathleen parker who writes -- "obama's open-collared vacation was deliver odd and katrina time, about two days too late, and fell a few links short of reassuring. calm in the face of potential zaft cere laudable but it's a fine line between executive tranquility and passive nonchalance. like a tone-deaf disk jock ji, obama plays elevator music when the crowd wants john philip souza. i'm joined by analyst pat buchanan and peter fenn. happy new year. >> happy new year, chris. >> is that fair, the criticism that the president was tone-deaf? >> no. the fact is you have to go out and make a statement if you're president of the united states with the facts. i think the administration coming out on sunday and saying the system worked is a legitimate criticism. the system clearly didn't work and the president, you know, on tuesday said just that. but i think -- you know, i think that the monday morning quarterbacking by conservative columnists is really not called for. what the american people want, chris, is they want less finger-poin
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